Ten common workplace accidents

Ten common workplace accidents

An employee being injured in the course of their work is an all too common event and here we look at ten common causes of accidents in the workplace.

1. Slips and trips in the work place

This type of accident can happen in any type of workplace from offices to factories. The slip or trip is usually caused by a spillage on the floor (for example, oil or water) or by unsafely placed wires or other equipment that can cause a hazard.

2. Factory accidents

Factory accidents can range from forklift trucks being driven negligently to factory equipment being poorly maintained causing injury to the user.

3. Defective or faulty equipment/machinery

This can be in an office (for example a faulty chair which collapses when sat on) or any other workplace where machinery or equipment has been inadequately maintained.

4. Forklift Truck accidents

Accidents involving forklift trucks usually occur in factories or warehouses and often involve an employee being run over by a forklift truck when the driver has been driving negligently.

5. Warehouse accidents

Warehouse accidents can range from slips and trips to faulty machinery or negligently driven forklift trucks.

6. Scaffolding accidents

Accidents involving scaffolding often occur when the scaffolding has been incorrectly erected or is of poor quality leading to the scaffolding collapsing.

7. Office accidents

Accidents in the office can range from employees being injured whilst using faulty equipment (such as a faulty kettle in the office kitchen) to slipping over on a spillage that has not been cleared up adequately or at all.

8. Railway accidents

Railway accidents can range from level crossing accidents to faulty signals leading to a train collision.

9. Self-employed accidents

If you are injured in the course of your work and are self-employed you may be able to bring a claim against the contractor or sub-contractor by whom your services have been retained if they have failed to ensure your safety whilst working.

10. Industrial Disease claims

Industrial Disease claims can include claims for asbestosis, mesothelioma, deafness, pleural thickening and lung cancer.

If you have been injured as a result of an accident at work, through no fault of your own, you should obtain urgent advice from a specialist work accident personal injury lawyer who will be able to advise you whether you have a good chance of pursuing a successful claim against your employer. Your lawyer will also be able to advise you how much compensation you may be entitled to receive.

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